MARTA police announced the Thursday arrest of Loren Hooks, of Atlanta, on a simple battery charge in connection with the June 7
incident involving a 68-year-old customer who was forcibly removed from
a train stopped at the East Lake rail station.
Hooks, 43, has been transported to the DeKalb County Jail.
The incident was captured by a passenger via cellphone, who shared the video on YouTube. Witnesses said the elderly man was making inappropriate comments to the female passengers around him, when a younger man grabbed the older man and pushed him out the doors at the station.
officials communicated that they appreciate the tips and other assistance they have received from witnesses
who provided information about this incident.
Customers can always dial 404-848-4911 to report an emergency
or, when using the rail system, simply pick up the marked, customer
assistance phones on the platform.
Intercom units are located inside every rail car and can be used to notify the train operator. All customers with smartphones should also download MARTA’s free “See & Say” app that enables them to contact MARTA Police and snap a picture discreetly.